Indian deputy high commissioner summoned over ceasefire violations


ISLAMABAD: The director general (SA & SAARC) on Wednesday summoned the Indian deputy high commissioner and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces in Leepa/Kayani Sector.

According to a statement issued by Foreign Office here, the firing resulted in the martyrdom of 2 civilians, namely Sumaira Younis and Maryam who are residents of Noukot village, and injured 6 others.

Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations. In the current year so far, Indian forces have carried out more than 1150 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) and the Working Boundary, resulting in the martyrdom of 49 innocent civilians and injuries to 165, as compared to 382 ceasefire violations in 2016.

The deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to the regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

The director general (SA & SAARC) urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary.

He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.